Moe's Villa and Other Stories

Moe's Villa and Other Stories

  • Paperback
By (author) James Purdy

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From the great opera star and her talking cat to the young girl with her fire-breathing dragon; from two black ladies in retirement and their mysterious tenant - a world-renowned film star - to two young illegal Mexicans and their 'cracked' landlord, James Purdy shows himself once again to be a master of the short story. In the words of Dorothy Parker, 'Only Purdy could make you think as you read: My God, these people happened! Those who read him are his for life.'

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  • Paperback | 245 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 20.3mm | 294.84g
  • 22 Jul 2000
  • ARCADIA BOOKS
  • London
  • 1900850370
  • 9781900850377
  • 1,296,526

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James Purdy is one of America's most distinguished and consistently interesting writers. His many novels include Malcolm, Eustace Chrisholm and the Works Narrow Rooms and most recently Gertude of Stony Island. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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"An authentic American genius" - Gore Vidal"A writer of fantastic talent. His books take one by the throat and shake one's bones loose. The American language at its best" - George Steiner, Sunday Times

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Henry James observed that short stories are 'at that exquisite point where poetry ends and reality begins': a perfect description of the tales in this book. There is a wide-ranging selection of short stories in this collection, some being reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm; the opening tale 'Kitty Blue' is the story of an Opera singer and her talking cat and 'A Little Variety Please' is an enchanting story of a maiden who falls in love with a green dragon. But Purdey's narratives aren't solely restricted to the weird and wonderful. Besides fantasy there's also basic human emotion, such as all consuming avarice or unattainable expectation. Read about Gertrude's not inconsiderable fortune, which she bequeaths to her cook. Or Bonnie who grows fatter and fatter, loses her marriage and leaves a dove to her estranged husband, for safekeeping. Each story is skillfully constructed, with never a word or phrase out of place. And throughout everything runs the underlying theme of dignity of the human spirit. In the final analysis it's impossible to single out any particular story from the rest. Suffice it to say each of the twelve tales is equally compelling. With stories demanding to be read and re-read Moe's Villa & Other Stories is not to be forgotten. (Kirkus UK)

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